Devanoora Mahadeva: Why does the word ‘Dalit’ make the Government so Resentful?

Devanoora Mahadeva speaking on a podium

The word ‘Dalit’ is not encircled by the caste system. Is that why? It seems so.

Let’s not forget that in India, people adopted the word ‘Hindu’ – even though it was given by outsiders – so that the caste system could work as a religion. Whatever objections we may have to that, we still have to understand it as the generosity of India’s spirit.

Now the fact that India’s hundreds of taḷa (marginalised) communities – those who are cast aside, broken; who don’t accept the four-fold varna system; the fragmented and the scattered – are calling themselves ‘Dalit’ has made the Central government see red.

Why is the Central government so resentful? I don’t understand this. The word ‘Dalit’ is not encircled by the caste system. Is that why? It seems so.

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“We are experiencing a ‘Cow-faced Tiger’ Emergency”: Devanoora Mahadeva

I’m going to say a few words based on our community’s understanding – if a murderer comes to kill you openly, the possibility of escaping is high. It can even perhaps be fought against. But if the same killer is in disguise, it would be difficult to get away.

Now we are experiencing a similar situation. The emergency that Indira Gandhi had brought into force was straightforward. It was visible. So we could protest it. We could organise against it. What we have now is also an emergency. It’s just not being called by that name. This is an emergency in disguise. This could be called the ‘Cow-faced Tiger Emergency’. The symptoms of this ‘Cow-faced Tiger Emergency’ is being seen throughout the country today.

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